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2017 NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings Select Jaleel Johnson

The purple turn their attention to defense with their first pick on Day 3.

NCAA Football: Iowa at Northwestern Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

The action got going for the Minnesota Vikings bright and early on Day 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft, as they had the second pick in Round 4. With that selection, they chose to move on to the defensive side of the ball.

With the first of their three fourth-round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings have selected Jaleel Johnson, a defensive tackle from the University of Iowa.

Johnson is a pick that makes a lot of sense, given the uncertainty with Sharrif Floyd at the defensive tackle spot. Johnson has some very good pass rush ability from the defensive tackle position, as he led the Hawkeyes in sacks in 2016.

One of the criticisms of Johnson is that he has a tendency to play too high, but that’s something that Vikings’ defensive line coach Andre Patterson will certainly be working with him on after he arrives in Minnesota. Overall, this looks like a third consecutive solid pick for Rick Spielman and company.

Welcome to Minnesota, Jaleel Johnson!


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